Former Manchester United trainee Robbie Savage believes Liverpool should give under-pressure head coach Brendan Rodgers another 12 months to prove that he is the right man for the job.
The ex-Wales international thinks Rodgers’ players have demonstrated an alarmingly weak mentality in the more high-profile fixtures this term, which has culminated in a premature exit from the Champions League, semi-final defeats in both domestic cup competitions and a fifth-place standing in the Premier League table.
Liverpool are outsiders to claim a top-four finish this time around, just a year after coming within a whisker of winning the title, and Savage told the Daily Mirror that it is down to Rodgers to work out why the Merseyside outfit have fallen short at crucial times, although he deserves longer in the role.
He said: “The FA Cup semi-final defeat against Aston Villa was the latest instance of Liverpool sinking to the big occasion.”
Savage added: “Rodgers has earned the right to another year in the job because he should have won the title last year and the level of expectation was unreasonably high after Luis Suarez left for Barcelona.”
Rodgers is yet to win a piece of silverware in his managerial career and, and the loss to Villa condemned the Reds to another season without a trophy.
The Northern Irishman is likely to be active in the transfer market this summer in an effort to get his squad back up to scratch for the 2015-16 campaign.